Northern Gulf Institute Awarded National Marine Sanctuary Foundation Grant

Geosystems Research Institute
November 9, 2007

The National Marine Sanctuary Foundation (NMSF) announced the Ernest F. Hollings Ocean Awareness Trust Fund awards recently and NGI is a recipient of one of those awards. The NMSF awards 13 grants ranging from $14,500 - $25,000 for projects that are dedicated to increasing public awareness of issues related to our ocean, including marine debris, human interaction with marine mammals, pollution and the connection between the ocean and human health.

"The diversity of our grantees is reflective of the wide range of challenges facing the ocean," said National Marine Sanctuary Foundation President and CEO, Lori Arguelles. "By investing in these worthwhile projects, we believe that we can help affect human behavior in a positive fashion, whether through the Shedd Aquarium's Right Bites program, working with the fashion industry to mitigate impacts of extracting coral, or through hotel guests getting ocean conservation information on their room keycards. We are particularly pleased with the innovation and response to key community needs represented in these proposals, which are very much in line with the Foundation's mission of protecting, preserving and prompting stewardship of the ocean and its resources."

The Northern Gulf Institute was awarded $15,000 which will be utilized to produce a series of hotel keycards with educational information on coastal health and resiliency. Drawing on research funded by the NGI, topics will include ecosystem management, hypoxia, coastal and climate change, and how our behaviors are affecting the marine environment in the Gulf.

For more information about the NMSF, go to View the entire press release.

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